Be damned, king, be thrice damned— Anonymous song protesting the collecting of young boys to be made slaves of the Ottoman Empire.
For the evil you have done and the evil you do.
You catch and shackle the old, the prelates and the priests
In order to take the children as Janissaries.
Their parents weep and their sisters and brothers too
And I cry until it pains me;
As long as I live I shall cry,
For last year it was my son
and this year my brother.
According to the Wikipedia article, the “blood tax” that the Ottomans levied on the Christian populations of the Balkans ended in the first decade of 1700. Having been raised in the Greek education system, I can testify that the collective trauma of the “paidomazoma” (literally: “collection of children”) lives in our national memory. We remember.
The last Indian Residential School in Canada was closed in 1996.
The genocidal Residential School system only ended in 1996.
That’s the year the Spice Girls put out Wannabe. That’s then year when Civ2, Red Alert, Heroes of Might And Magic II and Lords of the Realm II came out. It’s the year Independence Day and Space Jam came out.
That’s not “a dark chapter in Canadian history”.
That’s fucking yesterday.